Durham Tech sets forth fair, reasonable, and equitable processes to address concerns related to individual employee performance, behavior, and/or violations of College policies, procedures, or standards of professional conduct.
The College provides supervisors and employees a fair, clear, and useful tool for correcting and improving performance issues, including a process to assist supervisors in handling cases of unacceptable personal conduct. Any disciplinary action taken in accordance with College policy must be for just cause under at least one of the two following bases: (1) discipline imposed based on unsatisfactory job performance including gross inefficiency, or (2) discipline imposed based on unacceptable personal conduct.
New employees (first-time hired or rehired after an absence of more than three consecutive calendar months) will initially be placed on a probationary period of employment unless waived by the President. This period consists of three months for new staff and five months (semester length) for faculty. If the employee does not successfully complete their probationary period, they will be notified by a certified letter not less than 10 consecutive calendar days prior to the expiration of the probationary period. New employees have no right to an appeal if continued employment is not offered at the end of their probationary period.
Employee Grievance Procedure
The provisions of the Disciplinary Actions, Suspension, and Termination of Employment policy and the Employee Conflict Resolution and Grievance procedure apply to any person hired by Durham Technical Community College. All terms and conditions for part-time employment are included in the contract for part-time employees, and the specified length of part-time employment constitutes full and timely notice of the non-tendering of a new contract when that employment term expires. The tendering of a new contract for part-time employees will be the only instance where personnel employed under a contract may expect subsequent part-time employment.